Hamtun Nanok

Hamtun Watches has turned out two successful diving watches, the H1 and the Neon. Now, they have returned to Kickstarter with the Nanok, a full day-date design with a Swiss Sellita Automatic movement in a slim, mid-sized case. Intended as a true all-purpose watch, the Nanok treads the line between tool watch practicality and dress watch elegance, and from the looks of the photos, they have pulled it off. 
 

Like the Model T Ford, you can have the Nanok in any color you want so long as it’s black. Unlike the Ford, that matte surface is adorned with applied polished markers, syringe hands with smart exaggerated tips, and a healthy dose of BGW9 SuperLuminova. 

Following the very welcome tend of thinner mechanical watches, the Nanock’s Submariner-style stainless steel case is just 39mm wide, 46mm long, and a positively svelte 10.6mm thick. It is a more traditional size than the 42mm cases that have become the norm in recent years, and should be an ideal fit for smaller-wristed types like myself. It also presents the right proportions to wear with a suit, tucking neatly under a buttoned shirt cuff. 


Inside is a Swiss made Sellita SW 240-1 automatic movement with 26 jewels and a smooth 28,8k bpm beat rate, The watch has a flat sapphire crystal with an internal anti-reflective coating. The crown screws down, sealing the watch for 100m water resistance, which is more than sufficient for just about any use short of scuba diving. Really now, do you need to see the day of the week while you’re cavorting in the coral reef? Of course not. On the other hand, it is always handy for your daily desk diver to have that extra bit of protection, you just never know. 

Speaking of protection, for an extra £40 ($52 USD), Hamtun offers a scratch resistant coating to raise the hardness of the stainless steel case and bracelet (if you order one) to about 900-1100HV.  This will add about one month to the delivery, but I'd say it is well worth the wait. 


The watch comes standard with your choice of a black or grey vegetable tanned leather strap. A stainless steel, solid H-link bracelet with ratcheting clasp is available for an extra £30. it tapers from 20mm to an 18mm clasp. If you'd like both a leather strap and the bracelet it will be £35 ($46 USD) extra. 

Hamtun's campaign is already fully funded but you can still get in on an early bird special for £259 ($337 USD). For my money, I'd go all in on the bracelet, straps, and protective coating because at just about $454 USD that is a nice deal. 

To see more or to place an order, visit the Hamtun Nanok Kickstarter page before noon November 8, 2018. ⬩


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